The International Political Economy of Health

  • Jappe Eckhardt
  • Kelley Lee
Part of the Palgrave Handbooks in IPE book series (PHIPE)


Until the early twenty-first century, there was a virtual absence of health as a subject of inquiry in the field of international political economy (IPE). However, in recent years health has become one of the key emerging issues in the study of contemporary IPE. In this chapter, we set out the core themes that define this growing field of scholarship. We draw upon the existing literature, from the IPE and health fields, to illustrate these themes including our own research on the IPE of tobacco control. We conclude by assessing the current state of IPE and health scholarship and potential future directions for strengthening research.



Jappe Eckhardt and Kelley Lee are funded by the National Cancer Institute, US National Institutes of Health under award number R01-CA091021. The contents of this chapter are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the funders.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jappe Eckhardt
    • 1
  • Kelley Lee
    • 2
  1. 1.University of YorkHeslingtonUK
  2. 2.Simon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada

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